CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Organizers say about 35,000 people helped with the unofficial kickoff to the South Carolina tourism season by attending the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
The 30th edition of the event in Charleston featured wildlife art, animal demonstrations and cooking events.
Exposition organizers said that initial tallies show that there was about a 25 percent increase in original art sales compared with last year's show. The last two years had seen below-average sales of art because of the troubled economy.
The three-day exposition was held in 10 venues throughout downtown Charleston.